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Before then England women’s coach Mark Lane took time out to run a coaching clinic for under 25 female coaches in the Middlesex, Surrey and Essex area and his message was clear.

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MARK: Absolutely and the players are very proud of it. A lot of them are Chance to Shine ambassadors and are out at the coal face promoting cricket day in, day out. We are all very proud of the fact that we can help to get girls into sport and the success of the Olympics will hopefully help with that. But we don’t want everyone to be Jessica Ennis or Laura Trott we want girls to aspire to be Katherine Brunt and Charlotte Edwards.

Has Twenty20 cricket helped that process?

MARK: The emergence of Twenty20 cricket is fantastic for cricket in general, but particularly for the women’s game as it’s short, sharp and shows the players off as the athletes they are. It also means the players have to evolve and learn to execute their skills quickly and accurately. The batters have to become big, strong hitters while the bowlers can’t afford to ease themselves into a spell.

Talking of skills, what coaching tips are you passing on today?

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So you don’t need a fancy computer you could do something similar in the playground with a buy moncler jackets piece of chalk.

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England have played seven T20 games in 2012 and won them all https://www.mymoncleroutlet.com . How tough was it to select the squad for the ICC moncler outlet World T20?

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MARK: Losing those two games was a good thing for us because we had to step up and show some character. It’s always good to have a bit of a reality check if you can turn it to your favour; it gives you an opportunity to judge where you are and check if you are doing things right. The players showed a lot of determination to come back and win the series 3 2.

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MARK: Absolutely. Jenny was awarded her 100th England cap before the game, which just goes to show the commitment people like her have put in. Plenty of hard work goes on behind the scenes that people just don’t see so it was great to honour a player as dedicated as Jenny who has committed many, many years to England and always done a brilliant job!”

Over 45,000 coaches have been trained by the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme with a 12% increase in under 25 females benefitting from the scheme in the last year.



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